Travis Timberlake to join Spike Mendelsohn at Good Stuff group
There will be shake-up on Capitol Hill this winter. No, not that one. I'm talking about Travis Timberlake, who will be leaving his position as executive chef at Art and Soul to join Spike Mendelsohn as the director of operations at Mendelsohn's Good Stuff restaurant group, which includes Good Stuff Eatery and We the Pizza. Timberlake will stay on with Art and Soul through the end of the year, so the restaurant has some time to look for a new executive chef. In the meantime, the menu will remain the same, and it's unlikely there will be any big changes soon.
Over at Good Stuff, Timberlake will be learning the ropes before eventually helping Mendelsohn realize his ambitious expansion plans. "We waited to expand to make sure we have everything perfectly down to a T," says Good Stuff partner and PR guru Micheline Mendelsohn, "and we've compiled what we feel is a very good expansion manual for how the kitchen runs, how the front of the house runs. So what he is going to do is come on and learn how we operate and how we want to expand and then lead up that team."
That might mean that Timberlake is away from the burners for a while, but that doesn't seem to bother him. "The kitchen is going to be a secondary thing for me. They have chefs there at each of their restaurants, but I will oversee both of them," Timberlake says. "They have plans to go national, and the opportunity to help them grow and to travel was something really exciting for me."
| November 18, 2010; 3:43 PM ET
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